January 17, 2013
There is a mouse in my house. Two days ago, some wooden dolls were on the floor in the office when they normally live on the fourth shelf of book shelves. “Hmmm,” I said. Also, in the kitchen, a piece of driftwood was in the sink and it lives on the window sill above the sink — another “Hmmm,” — I knew that mouse traps would be the next step.
January 18, 2013
The next morning, the little rascal had chewed off the corner of a store-bought package of suet on top of the dryer – this little mouse was getting around all over my house. I called my personal “911”station – my across-the-street neighbor and after getting the cookies out of the oven, she came over and carefully set three mouse traps with peanut butter, one beside the suet on the dryer, one beside the kitchen sink and another on the office bookshelves.
January 19, 2013
All three traps were tripped, empty and with no food left. Now I was wondering if the culprit may be something bigger than a mouse, i.e., a rat. Also, what about these mouse traps — are they as reliable as the old ones? Anyway, it was off to Lowe’s but found nothing new in mouse traps – will have to reset the same old three. And another thing, I’ve seen no mouse droppings and am beginning to wonder if there is a mouse in my house.
January 20, 2013
6:05 A.M. I turned the light on in the office to see if the trap had been tripped and not only had the little rascal tripped the trap, he was contentedly munching on the cheese and did not seem concerned about the sudden light. I fled to the kitchen, called my neighbor on the phone and in a whisper, asked her to get over here right now. She asked why I was whispering. I replied, “Because he’s still eating in the office and he is one big mouse!” His tail was three-to-four inches long, thick, and covered with rich, brown hair. Soon Louise (neighbor) was at the back door and she went to the office and softly called me to come quick. When I got to the office door, I couldn’t believe what I saw — an adorable baby squirrel (and even I would have to call this one adorable – and I detest squirrels) was finishing the cheese. I then noticed that he had some white stripes on his sides. We retreated to the kitchen, stayed a few moments, went back to the office again and the squirrel was gone. Back in the kitchen, we heard plastic rattling on the dryer (suet was wrapped in plastic) and there he was, not scared at all trying to tear into the suet. I grabbed the camera from my purse and snapped a few pictures and then he disappeared.
Louise peered inside a small trash container between the washer and dryer and that sweet thing was in the trash container, calm and unaware of our presence. I brought a medium-sized garbage bag to Louise and she carefully put it over the top of the trash container and then totally around it with the adorable little thing still inside. We (she) carefully carried the plastic bag, with the trash container and baby squirrel, outside and gently put it on the ground, and we waited for the little thing to run. He didn’t Louise picked up all the trash around him and we retreated to let him leave at his leisure.
I went straightway to the computer and discovered that my adorable, wee visitor was a baby flying squirrel and they are nocturnal. Had the dear, sweet creature been living in my house these few days, or did he come in at night and leave during the day? I knew one thing and that was he knew his way around my house. Also, does he have siblings and how did he get inside the house? Will he be back?
According to the WWW, flying squirrels eat seeds, insects, spiders, slugs, fungi, berries and fruits. Since the Cajun Embassy is known for being a way-station for birds, raccoons and deer, I’ll plan to stir up a batch of my Magic Mix for birds and throw in plenty of seeds and raisins in case the dear, sweet thing drops in again.